by Mike Masnick
Mon, Mar 17th 2008 5:59am
It's no secret that the entertainment industry's anti-piracy strategy over the past year or so has focused increasingly on putting legal or peer pressure on ISPs to handle the problem, and there have been quite a few "success" stories (though, the long-term impact may be a lot less successful). The latest is that a bunch of Japanese ISPs have agreed to cut off the users of the incredibly popular "Winny" file sharing application (found via Slashdot) if the entertainment industry alerts them to the IP addresses of excessively heavy users. The ISPs will try to send warning messages to the account holders, but then will cut them off (either temporarily or permanently) if they don't change their usage. It's not clear how carefully the ISPs will review the information sent to them by the industry, or what form any "appeals" process might take. This is unlikely to be particularly effective, but Winny has long been a target in Japan. The creator of the software was found guilty of violating copyright laws even though there are plenty of legitimate uses of the software. Still, however, the press likes to focus on the more sensational data leaks that happened via Winny, including Japan's nuclear secrets.
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